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International community needs a unified legal base to combat information crimes

RT / The international community needs a unified legal base to combat increasing cyber-crime amid rapid advances in technology. In 2016, these offences caused $445 billion in damage and by 2020, according to analysts, this figure could reach up to $3 trillion – exceeding the overall income received from the internet.

It is obvious that addressing information crime requires effective international legal mechanisms. Unfortunately, the international community has yet to develop a unified approach to dealing with these issues.

Read more ‘In fraud we trust’: 36 indicted in global $530mn cyber-crime gang The existing Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime (also known as the Budapest Convention) was drawn up at the beginning of the digital age, when many threats were either unknown or given little attention. Some provisions of the convention are unacceptable. According to Article 32, a state party may obtain trans-border access to an information source located in another country without notifying the latter’s authorities. It causes serious concerns and creates grounds for violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms in the digital space, in particular the right to privacy.

Russia continues to call on the international community to start taking decisive steps towards combating information crimes. We have presented a UN draft Convention on Cooperation in Combating Information Crimes, modeled on relevant UN Conventions to address the existing problems, while respecting the sovereignty of the state parties. The draft underlines the coordinating role of the UN in training and providing broad technical assistance in the implementation of programs and projects to combat information crimes. The Russian draft enjoys increasing support from the international community, and we expect other countries, including the UK, to engage constructively in creating a unified approach to combating cyber-crimes.

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